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Woman injured in parachute accident

Staff Report

A woman was injured Saturday in what the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office described as a “parachuting accident.”

The Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that it responded to a call at 11:38 a.m. of a parachutist being injured during a jump. The injury occurred as two jumpers were landing in a field near Heather Lane and County Road 119, southeast of Glenwood Springs.

The two parachutists were ending their descent and preparing to land in a field. According to reports, the chute of one jumper folded over, causing the woman to fall the last 15 feet to the ground.

She evidently landed on her hip, the news release said. Her injuries were unknown, but she was complaining of numbness and tingling in her legs.

There were no helicopters available for a timely evacuation so a ground evacuation was conducted with personnel from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado State Patrol and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Due to the terrain where the fall occurred, the main emergency vehicles were forced to stay roadside while personnel covered the last mile in smaller vehicles to bring the woman out.

By 1 p.m. the woman was off the mountain and being transported to Valley View Hospital for further evaluation and assessment of her injuries.

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